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Author:  moviemaniac [ Thu May 31, 2012 2:30 pm ]
Post subject:  The Play vs. the Movie

Most people who like the stage version of A Chorus Line don't like the movie. I saw the movie and wasn't impressed. I have never seen the stage version. What exactly does the stage version have that the movie doesn't. Please no rude comments.

Author:  Salome [ Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Play vs. the Movie

I may actually be one of the few people that prefers the film. I am really not a huge fan of the score so..the missing songs didnt bother me for the most part..except i prefer Music and the Mirror to Let Me Dance for you.
i like the flashback scenes between zack and cassie i n the film. and i prefer the created character that Terry Mann plays, doing all the dance moves.

Author:  Quique [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Play vs. the Movie

That's a hard question to answer the way I want to, but there is no way of transferring to you my experience seeing the stage version, which I count as one of the most moving experiences I've ever had at the theatre. What makes the impact this show had on me so special to me is that there was no hype, or even vague knowledge of what the show was about, prior to seeing it for the first time. All I knew was that it featured lots of dance and that it had run 15 years on Broadway. I had only a vague familiarity with "One," but other than that, I didn't even know the rest of the music.

One thing I was very familiar with were photographs of the original cast in the show. My brother had many musical theatre books, articles, and albums and I'd always spend hours looking at them while he was off at work. I think this just added to the impact. I had in my mind, all of these "snapshots" of iconic scenes and poses from the show, so when I finally saw it live, not only were those photos magically recreated for me right before my eyes but I now understood them in context and what were odd poses and scenes that made little sense before, made total sense all of a sudden. Furthermore, a lot of those iconic shots that to this day are taken of casts of current productions are part of those highly abstract scenes, which only sparks curiosity and wonderment. To see those scenes not only suddenly make sense but make sense in a remarkably abstract fashion made the whole thing DELICIOUS.

Having said that, I rented and watched the film with a permanent expression of horror throughout. I've never been so disappointed by an adaptation and I bet I never will be as let down by something else ever again.

I hated it so much, it's actually hard to say the following: On its own, I guess I could see how someone could find it interesting. There is little hope I would've liked it, even if it were my first exposure to it ahead of the stage version. I am so far from being a purist, it's not even funny. Nothing is a fave of mine because "it was the first version I was exposed to." Oh, did I mention how much I hate simple-mindedness when it comes to musical theatre? I'd never hate something because it isn't "the original, but I could hate something that isn't as good.

And the film was VERY loosely based on the stage musical. I don't think I've ever seen such a steady parade of changes that were outrageously inferior to what i thought would be a thoughtfully adapted version of it that respects the source material, that I'm sure everyone who loved the show was hoping for.

I *died* many, many, MANY times over watching that film.

Salome, how dare you!!!!!

*Socks her in the belly HARD!*

Author:  Salome [ Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Play vs. the Movie

OOUUGGMHMKKKKK! :sick: :sick:

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